Get to know Marie-Louise
What we have in common
Hi, I’m Marie-Louise, founder of Life Stylin’.
I’m 46 years old, and I’ve lived a lot of life, made a lot of mistakes, and learned from them. My mum died when I was 30, I’ve been married and divorced, diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and I’m infertile. It’s a lot when I list it like that, but I’ve always looked for sunshine and positives, and tried to learn something from every situation I’ve been in, and every experience I’ve had and I’ve taken chances when I could- some which other people questionned and envied.in equal measure.
How I’ve learned from the past
How I'm good at what I do
They say that the world is made up of book learners and life learners. I’m the latter.
I’ve learned on the go. The way I learn is on the job, in situ. I’m not a sit down and study kind of chick; I’d rather be shown something and then start doing it straight away. Learn a lesson and action it.
That’s how it’s been in my work life. I didn’t go to uni, as study was never really my thing. Instead, I’ve worked. I’ve gone to a new workplace, and learned how to do the job and started doing it. I never did like long engagements, in that regard. Let’s get stuck in and going! Life is short, and I’d rather not spend years learning something and then have to remember it later on when I need it, under pressure.
The more I practice something, the better I get. Are you like that?
My experience with people comes from the many jobs I’ve done and workplaces I’ve been at. I can stay in the one job for a long time, but I’ve sought adventure too. I’ve attacked life and put myself into roles and industries from which I could gain as much as possible. There’ve been some fascinating experiences, encounters with interesting and influential people, from whom I learned a lot. I had my share of trying times, and learned my worth. I’ve overstayed some jobs, and made tough decisions about others.
In my business, I’ve realised the importance of networking, and putting myself out into situations which will help me to expand and grow. I’ve learned to utilise skills I’ve learned through workplaces, and put them to use for my own business, and for my clients.
No matter where I am, whether I’m working or not, I always like to enjoy myself. Why spend my time in the doldrums when I can be laughing and having fun? I bring that to Life Stylin’ as much as possible, because this is my world and we’re trying to improve our lives and we can do it with fun and flexibility.
All of this is why I won’t bore you with course after course after boring course. I share my knowledge regularly and through visual, and actionable means, with examples. That way, you’re able to practice it and understand it before you need it.
Why I'm different and right for you
I’ve made the dating mistakes you’ve made, struggled financially, wondered how I could get the answers I needed without feeling stupid for asking – because I have asked, and I did feel stupid.
There’ve been times when I’ve had difficulty reaching those I was trying to attract and get myself out there in a way that stays true to me, but also attracts the right peeps into my world.
I’ve learned how to push myself out of my comfort nest and meet new people, and network. By expanding my circle over the years, I can put you in front of the people who can help you without you having to put in the hard yards that I did.
I’m not really the plaster my pics all over my website kinda gal, and sometimes I look at this and my socials and cringe! A few years ago I wouldn’t have imagined having my face everywhere, but it’s what I must do to help others who also want to improve their lives. Coming to terms with that and realising what it takes to get places is a lesson I can pass along to you.
Being social, making friends, meeting guys, haven’t always been easy for me either. It’s not always a matter of turning ‘it’ on, I have plenty of days when I just can’t, and if I do go out, I’m not as on the dancefloor as I’d like. Those times, I’d rather hang around the edges and watch, instead of butterflying around the room.
I’ve also figured out ways to boost my own confidence, and deal with my insecurities so that I can make the most of the occasion. I have tricks that work for me, outfits that make me feel my best, to help me to get the most out of my night, and make new friends when the opportunity arises.
I try to take note of my moods, and push myself on ‘the right nights’. I’ve had plenty of nights when I really should’ve stayed home and others when it was right to force myself out of the house.
I can’t help but smile at the memory of my family’s nickname for me “the Oracle”. How prophetic were they!
These days, I use my intuition and life experience to tap into the needs of those with whom I interact.
My life hasn’t been conventional; I’ve resisted the norm and gone against the grain. I’ve learned on the go. I’ve never thought of myself as book smart or street smart. I’m something else. The way I learn is on the go, on the job, in situ. I’m not a sit down and study kind of chick, and I won’t bore you with course after course after boring course.
I’ve listened to the women I’ve met over the years and they want bigger circles, more friends, opportunities to advance themselves. Often, we don’t feel seen or heard, in the other areas of our lives, and forced to toe the line to fit in, and, be boring, in some ways. But this is my world and we’re trying to improve our lives but let’s do it with fun and flexibility.
Style your life and:-
- get yourself out of the job you hate
- do the things you want to do, rather than spending time alone
- get what you want from life
Learn how to:-
- make friends
- create that family you want
- plan and achieve goals.
You can also find me....
Everyone wants to fit in, be seen and understood, including newcomers to Australia. I was invited by Your Career Down Under to give some tips about How to Overcome Communication Barriers to expedite feeling comfortable in their new home.
A topic which is in the news constantly, lately, is bullying. I had my say on the topic in this month’s Intimacy TV magazine, and provided 7 Tips to prevent bullying in your life, and your children’s lives. There are plenty of other great articles there, so check them out also.
One thing’s for sure, and that is that two people in the same conversation can have very different experiences from the encounter. Often, when I’m talking with mums, I walk away with an experience that I’m sure they didn’t plan on giving me. It was tough, telling it, but Intimacy TV magazine’s May edition gave me the opportunity, and so I’ve taken a big risk and shared my thoughts on The Mum Club. I also share my thoughts on writing it, here.
Sometimes, opportunities for knowledge expansion, and growth come from the most unlikely of places. This time I learned a lesson which came straight out of the mouths of babes as published in the April edition of Intimacy TV magazine.
If your inner romantic is sick of the lack of progress on the home front, are you considering playing an away game, to try to find love? Before you do, contemplate The Tyranny of Distance as seen in the March edition of Intimacy TV. Linger a little while, and check out the other articles!
Valentine’s Day is a very divisive occasion. Do you celebrate or not? Sometimes it’s an individual decision- and you might not be the one deciding. Everyone has an opinion of whether we even need this day. Here’s what I think of the Valentine’s Day Merry Go Round, as seen in the February edition of Intimacy TV. There are heaps of great articles, so hang around once you’re there.
New Year’s Resolutions- you either set them or you don’t. I have ways for you to get into the new year and get the most out of it with life changing results. Here’s how: Why New Year’s Resolutions Are a Waste of Time in January’s IntimacyTV. Check out the other great articles while you’re there!
Are you sick to death of being told to be grateful for what you have? Do you ever take time to contemplate what you’ve been through and celebrate your successes or those tiny moments in life? I do. Here’s how: The Modern Trinity: Reflection, Gratitude and Celebration as seen in IntimacyTV and make sure you check them out while you’re there.
Just like a lot of people out there, I’ve had health issues and I’ve shared my personal stories on a UK blog. Want to know more? Here’s how: Graves Disease – Australian Style! If you want to know more about thyroid diseases, hang around and have a look.
WhenValentine’s Day rolls around and you’re wondering how you’re going to cope with yet another solo V-Day. Here’s how: How to Survive Valentine’s Day as a Single, as seen in IntimacyTV and make sure you check them out while you’re there.
Guys, it’s a big brave world, and it can be tricky to know if what you’re doing is working for you in the way you want. I have some tips and some ideas on what it takes to date successfully. Here’s how: Date Like A Successful Man as seen in The Successful Male, and you’ll find heaps of great info there too!
My happy clients had this to say:-
Thank you! Your energy is so bubbly, and defined strength in boundaries- hope to get there myself.